stluciatimes, caribbean, caribbeannews, stlucia, saintlucia, stlucianews, saintlucianews, stluciatimesnews, saintluciatimes, stlucianewsonline, saintlucianewsonline, st lucia news online, stlucia news online, loop news, loopnewsbarbados


Protective Services Federation To Be Launched In Saint Lucia


Representatives of the Police Welfare Association, the Saint Lucia Fire Service Association, and the Saint Lucia Correctional Service Welfare Association met Wednesday to advance plans to form an umbrella Protective Services Federation.

The associations hope to formalise the Federation early next year to make representation for their members.

Police Welfare Association (PWA) President Camron Laure said Wednesday’s talks built on extensive past discussions.

He said a draft constitution for the proposed Federation already exists.

In addition, Laure explained that an existing Protective Services Compensation Act recognises the three services.

“Essentially, we concluded at that meeting that we need to reach out to our parent Ministries to discuss the formalisation and recognition of the Protective Services Federation ,” the PWA President said.

He said the three associations would write to the Ministries by next week.

He told St. Lucia Times that Wednesday’s meeting discussed job safety, negotiations with the government, issues common to the three associations, and mental health.

Laure said mental health was a significant concern due to the dynamics of working in the protective services, including exposure to traumatic situations.

“We have recognised of late that we have members who suffer in silence,” he revealed.

Laure said that, as a result, psychotherapy intervention became necessary.

He acknowledged the government’s employee assistance programme for which the protective services are grateful.

However, he said members believed it was inadequate.

During Wednesday’s meeting, participants learned that the Saint Lucia Fire Service was working to get a psychotherapist assigned to them.

Laure told St. Lucia Times that the PWA and the Saint Lucia Correctional Service Welfare Association wanted the same.

“These are some of the common issues and we don’t think what exists now, in as much as we appreciate it, it is not enough for the protective services,” he declared.

“We are looking forward to ensuring that we have a system that is adequate for the protective services so when it is recognised that a member is at a point where he needs that type of intervention, it is readily available,” the PWA official explained.

He described mental health as a ‘sore point’ among the three protective services associations.

Please note that comments are moderated. When commenting, please remember: 1) be respectful of all, 2) don't make accusations or post anything that is unverified, 3) don't include foul language, 4) limit links, 5) use words, not volume, and 6) don't add promotional content. Comments that do not meet the above criteria or adhere to our "Commenting Policy" will not be published.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via
Want News Alerts on Your Mobile Device? Join Our WhatsApp ChannelJoin
+ +
Send this to a friend